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Chris from Hampshire "Mrs C" (Hampshire, England)
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HALTI All-in-One Lead, Large, Black
HALTI All-in-One Lead, Large, Black
Price: £15.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Quality, Versatile Dog Lead, 18 July 2016
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Halti All-In-One Lead – LARGE in Black

There is such a huge range of necessities for our family dogs these days, but some are better and more useful than others, and that is where this lead comes in.

1st Impressions:-
• This Lead is well presented security affixed on to a display hook along with attached cards about the Halti Lead and the Scotchlite Reflective properties.
• The lead has a definite feel of quality and precise manufacturing. The Company of Animals was founded by Roger Mugford MRCVS, who was an innovator concerning animal behaviour and psychology, and then in tandem with his work in this field, then created a range of dog accessories and training aids of various sorts.

In Use:-
• This is a beautifully sturdy lead, in smart neutral colours of grey and black with the added benefit of reflective stripes which provide visibility even in low light conditions.
• Having had dogs in the past that had slightly sensitive skin, it has always been important to me to have collars, leads and harnesses that do not have any 'sharp' parts. At both points where the fabric of the lead is folded over at the handle and where the trigger hook is affixed, not only has it been very well stitched, but the fabric has been folded over so as to eliminate any sharpness. Thus there will be no irritation to the dog or owner.
• The handle is extremely comfortable to hold which is particularly important for owners of the heavier dogs and those that have a tendency to pull their owners along!
• As well as wearing collars, our two dogs are always walked with their harnesses. The black trigger hook on this lead fits well on either, and the spring of the trigger has a smooth action and springs back into place when released and there is no gap – it butts up completely. It is a good sized hook too.
• This All-In-One dog lead is such good quality, it really is. When the handle part is set to normal, the length of the lead is 6½ft / 1.98 metres with a width of 1 inch /25mm. This gives a nice length for those who don't like flexi extending leads, but who need something longer than the classic dog lead.
• The bungee part of the lead is 10 inches /25.4 cm up from where the trigger hook is attached and is 9¼ inches / 23.49cm in length
• Between the trigger hook and the start of the bungee section is a close use handle for extra control when handling your dog, and is especially useful for the larger and stronger breeds/types.
• The main handle is adjustable so that you can affix the lead round your waist like a belt for those who like to walk hands free but with their dog on a lead. This is useful for owners who like to jog but are in areas where a dog must be on lead. Also perhaps for mums with little ones in buggies as it is not always easy to hold the family dog on a lead at the same time as negotiating a buggy and perhaps with a little one walking too.
• The main handle can be un-clicked so that the lead then becomes a hitch to fix your dog to a dog anchor, a post, a park bench, a tree etc. when sitting out. The dog is safe with you yet has room to move but not enough to pester other people. The length of the tether is adjustable the same as it is when being worn round the waist. If you do not want to keep adjusting the length when hitching your dog, you can simply un-click the handle and then slip it through the close use part of the lead and click it closed again.
• If you have two dogs on leads and do not have a coupler, the fact that the handle of this All-In-One Lead opens, means it is easy to attach 2 lead handles together. (see photos)
• Should the lead get dirty, it will hand wash well and not take too long to dry.

I have 2 rescue dogs, one weighs approx 20 kilos and does not pull but walks very sedately and the other is around 14 kilos and does have a tendency to pull when starting out on a walk. This lead is great for either of them on either their collars or as is the most usual for me, on their harnesses.

At a current price of £50.99 it is a good price for a dog lead of this quality and versatility. A dog lead is a safety product and costs must not be cut. This is the best lead of this style that I have used. In my opinion this lead is suitable for many different sized dogs and would only be unsuitable for the really tiny breeds like Chihuahuas, Papillons, Mexican Hairless, Chinese Crested, Yorkshire Terriers and similar sized pedigree, crossbreeds or mongrels, as it would be a bit too heavy for them.

I have no hesitation in awarding this Halti All-In-One Lead the full 5 stars. Please remember though that nothing is indestructible for a determined chewer!
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Wellbeing Chicken Dental Health, 1.5 kg
Wellbeing Chicken Dental Health, 1.5 kg
Offered by Toy and Gift Shop
Price: £12.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality but Expensive, 18 July 2016
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Burgess Wellbeing Dental Health Dry Dog Food with CHICKEN 1.5kg

Burgess Dog Foods are a well known British brand, and here we have one of the Wellbeing range, which is designed to assist with dental care.

• This Wellbeing food is well packaged in a quality plastic sack. It is easy to open by just pulling the bone shaped tab on the left. The sack is then easy to close with a press seal closure.
• There is a Daily Feeding Guide printed on the back of the bag which goes by the weight of your dog and advises the owner to also take into account the activity level and normal appetite of the dog. This is only a guide, which of course you can tailor as you need to.
• There is other useful information printed on the bag, including the all important list of ingredients; the aims of this food and which food content does which job to assist with the good health of your dog.
• On sniffing the bag when I opened it, the aroma was tasty and appetising, but not at all strong or overpowering.
• The kibble is round button style, and is of a medium size which should be suitable for most sizes of dog. There is not much smell left on your hands and no residue, if you are putting the kibble into an activity toy for your doggy friend, rather than pouring into a bowl.
• This Burgess Wellbeing Dental Health food has a Protein content of 26% with a 13% Fat content. If your dog has to be careful of protein and fat levels, then BEFORE you feed this to your dog, please do check with your Vet.
• The shelf life on my bag was nice and long – June 2017.
• This kibble has reasonably hard crunch to it, to assist with teeth cleaning for those dogs that like to crunch their food. "Maisy" our little Irish Border Collie (she weighs 14 kgs approx) found this kibble crunchy. "Amber" our older and bigger mongrel (she weighs 22 kgs approx), only vaguely crunched it, but then she is rather a greedy girl who tends to 'hoover' up her food a lot of the time.
• Both the dogs loved it and neither of them experienced any digestive problems – just looked for more!

IMPORTANT - please remember that when changing over your dog's food, you need to do it gradually by slowing introducing the new food into the old and then to gradually up the quantity of the new food, and thus reducing the quantity of the old food.

Burgess is a respected producer of pet food. In my opinion, this is a good quality product and because it is egg, dairy, soya, beef and grain free then the most common causes of dietary intolerance in dogs is eliminated.

I have no hesitation in recommending this tasty food and neither do "Maisy" and "Amber", however in my opinion it is expensive at an RRP of £12.00 for just 1½ kilos of food. The price is the reason for deducting a star.
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Super Strength Raspberry Ketones No Frills Just Quality
Super Strength Raspberry Ketones No Frills Just Quality
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did nothing for me!, 17 July 2016
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Raspberry Ketones 100 Capsules

Having read the write up on this product I was keen to try it. These capsules sounded such a good idea.

My Reviews are normally quite detailed, but not this time. There is so little to say about these Raspberry Ketones except that they are capsules that measure approx ¾ inch long and reasonably easy to swallow. They are supposed to burn fat, aid energy and vitality and act as an appetite suppressant. Regrettably they did none of these things for me. It could be that it depends on age and individual metabolism whether or not any or the product claims achieve results.

If they had worked, I would have said they are worth the money, but . . . . . . . .


Crocs Olivia II W Women's Ballet Flats - Black (Black), 6 UK (38-39 EU)
Crocs Olivia II W Women's Ballet Flats - Black (Black), 6 UK (38-39 EU)
Price: £16.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight Comfort for Summer!, 17 July 2016
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Crocs Women's Ballet Flats in "Olivia II" Style in Size 6 (UK Size) in BLACK

I do not like heavy shoes either in summer or winter, but sometimes the extra weight cannot be avoided. Last summer I purchased a pair of Ballerina style Crocs and found them to be useful and comfortable, so the offer to try these sling back style Crocs was irresistible!

• They are brilliant, they really are. I wear a size 6 shoe for the most part, sometimes a 5½ in brands such as Clarks or K Shoes depending on the style. I also have broad feet - around an E width - again depending on the style. These "Olivia II" Ballet Flats fit perfectly. They are actually classified as 'relaxed fit' on the label.
• Size 6 UK is 38 – 39 European or an 8 United States sizing.
• If it is of any help, the width across the top of the shoe at the widest part is approx 3¾ inches. The length of the shoe from the edge of the heel to the tip of the toe is approx 9¾ inches. (See photos). There is quite a bit of 'give' in these shoes as they are a softly moulded product. I found that the more I wore my other Croc shoes, they eased without getting too large or too loose.
• These shoes, being a sling back style, allow extra air around the foot so as not to get too hot in the warmer weather.
• The raised pips on the inner sole are comfortable and have a sort of massaging effect and of course, allow some air circulation to the sole of your feet. Even though light in weight, there is no thinness to the sole so no feeling the pavement or bumpy bits!
• Easy to keep fresh and clean, just wash in mild detergent, rinse and dry off. Job done!
• Being made of a synthetic substance, means that during those summer showers your Crocs Ballet Flats will not get ruined or marked. Useful when you are strolling along the beach, you could keep them on for paddling in shallow water along with having protection from Jellyfish and cut feet on sea shells!
• The black is soft, given that it is a matte finish, and is more than suitable for work use.

These shoes have an RRP of £24.99 but are currently much less on Amazon. They also have a swing ticket giving useful advice when riding escalators and moving walkways!

PS – they are not 'chew resistant', so keep them away from the family dogs!!
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Cath Kidston Meadow Posy Hydrating Body Lotion 260 ml
Cath Kidston Meadow Posy Hydrating Body Lotion 260 ml
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but LOVELY!!, 12 July 2016
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Cath Kidston Hydrating Body Lotion 260ml in "Meadow Posy"

I have to be honest and say that I did not realise that the designer brand of Cath Kidston had been extended into toiletries. I associate the name with different designer ranges, so it is interesting to have the opportunity to try this moisturising lotion.

1st Impressions:
• Simple presentation with a signature Cath Kidston flowery label and attached swing card. This lotion is in an opaque plastic bottle with a press down lid, like the sort that is on Herbal Essence Shampoos. I prefer this type of cap because if you need to carry it around, any bottle with a plunge top dispenser is just a nuisance.
• What it is, and the product aims are noted on the back label along with the all important List of Ingredients for those who can be prone to allergic reactions.
• Proudly Made in the UK for the well known toiletry brand of Heathcote & Ivory, the plastic bottle is recyclable but remember to check on the recycling guideline in your own particular area.

In Use:
• Push down the rocker top of the bottle, gently squeeze and out comes a cream coloured lotion which is pleasantly thick and really more the consistency of a cream.
• It is very easy to apply and to smooth into the skin. It absorbs easily and a little goes quite far. (I was only using it on my hands)
• The fragrance is gentle with a hint of Jasmine and is not in the least overpowering. I prefer creams and lotions that have a perfume (except if it is vanilla or coconut). This lotion contains extract of Vanilla but happily that smell does not come to the fore.
• I did not suffer any allergic or unpleasant reaction.
• I used this Cath Kidston Body Lotion on my hands after a morning spent cleaning, with hands in and out of hot detergent water with bleach in it. My hands instantly felt moisturised, soothed and very comfortable. As this lotion contains, amongst other things, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter & Aloe Vera it is no wonder that the results are good.

In conclusion, at an RRP of £10.00 for 260ml / 8.9fl oz, for me it is a luxury product. There are other products around that do a similar job but are considerably cheaper. Having said that, if you suffer from uncomfortably dry hands which in wintertime lead on to more discomfort like weather cuts on your fingers, then if this product prevents all that then in it more than worth the monetary outlay.

I am just deducting 1 star because of the price, and not the merits of the product! It is perfect for a gift!
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The Couple Next Door
The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Incredible! A Real Page-Turner!, 12 July 2016
This review is from: The Couple Next Door (Hardcover)
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"The Couple Next Door" - a Thriller

When you open the pages to read this début novel by Shari Lapena, you can be forgiven for getting a feeling of déjà vue. There are initial shades of the true disappearance of little Madeleine McCann – as yet not resolved despite years and years of investigations. But – clear that from your mind because the only similarity is that a baby has been left on its own while her parents have gone out!

The place is a semi-detached house in New York, USA. The parents, Anne & Marco Conti, are at dinner with their neighbours Cynthia & Graham next door, literally just on the other side of the wall. They have taken the baby monitor with them and, in addition they are taking it in turns to check on baby Cora in half hourly intervals. If Cynthia, the dinner party hostess is to be believed, they would hear Cora if she cried anyway because Cynthia can't stand the sound, which is why baby Cora has been left at home.

Cynthia is a flirt and has been doing so openly with Anne's husband Marco. She is amazed that Graham allows it. Anne is not enjoying the evening and has mistakenly had too much to drink. She is tired, and since giving birth to Cora, has been suffering from post partum depression. Come 1am and Anne tells her husband that they should go home. Marco wants to stay longer but soon comes round to agree and together they walk the few steps home. As they go up the steps to their front door Anne suddenly stops – the door is open a little way! Anne knows that she shut it after she last checked on the baby, and runs up the stairs to Cora's room. The baby crib is empty!

The story goes through all the various scenarios and we, the reader, are there all the way with Anne & Marco, with the police and with Anne's wealthy parents, Alice & Richard Dries.

This is a gripping and well written thriller and the reader is swept along with the police investigations and also with the doubts that Anne and Marco have about each other. Who took their baby? Is Cora still alive? There are many twists and turns and at times you think you know who the guilty party is, but, will you be right?

I cannot tell you more of the story as it will spoil your reading of it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel it would make a great film for the big screen or even a mini series for the small screen.

If you read and enjoyed "Little Girl Gone" by Alexandra Burt you will definitely enjoy this, "The Couple Next Door" and vice versa.


The Girl with Nine Wigs: A Memoir
The Girl with Nine Wigs: A Memoir
by Sophie van der Stap
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Read, 8 July 2016
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The Girl with Nine Wigs – A Memoir

This is the memoir of a 21 year old Dutch girl who has been diagnosed with a very aggressive, but rare form of cancer.

The book opens pre diagnosis, at a point where Sophie is undergoing various tests to try and ascertain what is wrong with her. It is not a quick process and is less than pleasant.

Sophie recounts her experiences before and after the diagnosis in the form of a diary. The reader is there with her in the consulting rooms, the treatment rooms, the hospital stays and are privy to her thoughts and feelings throughout her ordeal.

Chemotherapy is cruel on the body and especially the hair so to help her get through it and to try and keep her spirits up, Sophie decides to not only have one wig to cover her bald head but nine wigs. All the wigs are different and she takes on different personas depending on the one she is wearing. Sophie even gives them names.

This diary is well written and easy to read as you take each step with Sophie and will her to beat the curse of cancer.

Does she win? Well you will have to read her memoir to find that out because I am not going to spoil your reading of the book.

This book is as suitable for the young adult as it is for those older. I can recommend it.


OPI Avoplex Moisturising Repleshing Lotion 120 ml
OPI Avoplex Moisturising Repleshing Lotion 120 ml
Price: £16.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but GORGEOUS!!, 8 July 2016
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OPI Avoplex Moisturising Replenishing Lotion 120ml

I have to be honest and say that I have never heard of OPI products, but I am very glad to have the opportunity to try this moisturising lotion.

1st Impressions:
• Plain and simple presentation. This lotion is in an opaque plastic bottle with a press down lid, like the sort that is on Herbal Essence Shampoos. I prefer this type of cap because if you need to carry it around, any bottle with a plunge top dispenser is just a nuisance.
• What it is, and the product aims are noted on the back label along with the all important List of Ingredients for those who can be prone to allergic reactions.

In Use:
• Push down the rocker top of the bottle and gently squeeze and out comes a white creamy lotion which is more of a cream.
• It is very easy to apply and to smooth into the skin. It absorbs easily and a little goes quite far. (I was only using it on my hands)
• The fragrance is gorgeous! It reminds me of the scent of the Philadelphus (Mock Orange - see Pic 2) on a warm day in the garden following a rainy night. It is slightly heady but with a freshness. I prefer creams and lotions that have a perfume (except if it is vanilla or coconut).
• I did not suffer any allergic or unpleasant reaction.
• I used this OPI Avoplex Lotion on my hands after a morning spent cleaning, with hands in and out of hot detergent water with bleach in it. My hands instantly felt comfortable, moisturised, soothed and brilliantly perfumed!

In conclusion, at an RRP of £16.95 for 120ml / 4fl oz, in my opinion it is expensive – a luxury product. There are other products around that do much the same job but are cheaper. Having said that, if you suffer from uncomfortably dry hands which in wintertime lead on to more discomfort like weather cuts on your fingers, then if this product prevents all that then in it more than worth the monetary outlay. I am only deducting 1 star because of the price, not the merits of the product because I love it!
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HALTI Lead, Large, Black
HALTI Lead, Large, Black
Price: £10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Quality, Classic Dog Lead, 7 July 2016
This review is from: HALTI Lead, Large, Black (Misc.)
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Halti Lead – LARGE in Black

There is such a huge range of necessities for our family dogs these days, which makes it more refreshing to get back to basics with a truly classic dog lead.

1st Impressions:-
• This Lead is well presented security affixed on to a display hook along with attached cards about the Halti Lead and the Scotchlite Reflective properties.
• The lead has a definite feel of quality and precise manufacturing. The Company of Animals was founded by Roger Mugford MRCVS, who was an innovator concerning animal behaviour and psychology, and then in tandem with his work in this field, then created a range of dog accessories and training aids of various sorts.

In Use:-
• This is a beautifully sturdy lead, in smart neutral colours of grey and black with the added benefit of reflective stripes which provide visibility even in low light conditions.
• Having had dogs in the past that had slightly sensitive skin, it has always been important to me to have collars, leads and harnesses that do not have any 'sharp' parts. At both points where the fabric of the lead is folded over at the handle and where the trigger hook is affixed, not only has it been very well stitched, but the fabric has been folded over so as to eliminate any sharpness. Thus there will be no irritation to the dog or owner.
• The handle is extremely comfortable to hold which is particularly important for owners of the heavier dogs and those that have a tendency to pull their owners along!
• As well as wearing collars, our two dogs are always walked with their harnesses. The black trigger hook on this lead fits well on either, and the spring of the trigger has a smooth action and springs back into place when released and there is no gap – it butts up completely. It is a good sized hook too.
• This classic style dog lead is such good quality, it really is. It is a comfortable length of 4ft / 1.2 metres with a width of 1 inch /25mm.

I have 2 rescue dogs, one weighs approx 20 kilos and does not pull but walks very sedately and the other is around 14 kilos and does have a tendency to pull when starting out on a walk. This classic lead is great for either of them on either their collars or as is the most usual for me, on their harnesses.

At a current price of £10.99 it is a good price for a dog lead of this quality. A dog lead is a safety product and costs must not be cut. This is the best lead of this classic style that I have used. In my opinion this lead is suitable for many different sized dogs and would only be unsuitable for the really tiny breeds like Chihuahuas, Papillons, Mexican Hairless, Chinese Crested, Yorkshire Terriers and similar sized pedigree, crossbreeds or mongrels, as it would be a bit too heavy for them.

I have no hesitation in awarding this Halti Lead the full 5 stars. Please remember though that nothing is indestructible for a determined chewer!
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L'Oreal Paris Infallible Sexy Balm Number 109, Such A Babe
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Sexy Balm Number 109, Such A Babe
Price: £4.98

3.0 out of 5 stars A Cheery, Vibrant Pink Lip Colour, 4 July 2016
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L'Oréal Infallible Sexy Balm Lip Colour in "Such A Babe" No 109

This is a lipstick that is actually the same colour when applied as it looks on the stick, but with less density!

1st Impressions:
• The Lipstick is tamper-proof sealed with a bar coded label, which when peeled back has the Ingredients List printed on it. However, it is in pale pink print and is impossible to read!
• The casing to the Lipstick is basic and no frills but perfectly fine, modern and quite smart.
• Pull off the cap and the normal twist and swivel up action, located at the base of the lipstick, is sure, smooth and steady. When fully retracted back again, the actual lipstick sits up proud, so care needs to be taken when re-capping so as not to damage it. The lipstick has a pointed top and looks like a crayon.
• The lipstick cap snaps on and clicks into place, and feels fairly tight and so should not to come apart in your bag.
• Underneath the base of the lipstick case is a sticker giving the lipstick type, shade name and number.

In use:
• The colour of the lipstick ("SUCH A BABE" No 109) is very similar in tone to "Break The Rules" No 104, but is more vibrant and lively. The colour is fairly sheer and has a lovely sheen to it.
• It is easy to apply from the stick, or can be applied with a lip brush.
• Once on, it felt smooth and reasonably moisturising, with no cloying or sticky feeling.
• There is very little fragrance or taste to this lipstick and what there is, is slightly fruity.
• I .applied it in the normal way. The lipstick did not 'bleed' or come off on my teeth (natural or otherwise!!).
• Unfortunately this lipstick does not last. It easily 'disappears' and does not leave much lasting stain colour on the lips, which is a shame as it is a nice summery shade. However, it could be worn as a sort of a gloss, over a similar shade of ordinary lipstick to give a 'lift', a bit more glamour.

To sum up:-
• This is an inexpensive lipstick from a well known and trusted brand. I had no allergic reaction to the product, and I really do like this colour. It will go through all the seasons.
• The lack of staying power is disappointing, but if used over a standard lipstick it could prove to be very useful and dual purpose.
• At a current price of £4.99 it is not expensive
• I have given the product 3 Stars taking into account that it is inexpensive. However, I have deducted 2 stars because the lip colour was not as long lasting as I would like.
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